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Are You Addicted to Your Smartphone? Watch For These 15 Signs

Are You Addicted to Your Smartphone? Watch For These 15 Signs

Posted on January 22nd, 2015

Smartphones are becoming an increasingly ubiquitous part of daily life, but how do we draw the distinction between ordinary use and addiction? Dr. David Greenfield, an expert in technology and Internet addictions, suggests that as many as 90 percent of Americans overuse, abuse or misuse their smartphones, and he has developed a diagnostic quiz to help people determine if they fall into this category. The rates of full-fledged addiction are likely much lower, but are you at risk of becoming addicted to your smartphone?

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Self-Centeredness vs. Self-Care in Addiction Recovery

Self-Centeredness vs. Self-Care in Addiction Recovery

Posted on January 20th, 2015

In the Big Book of Alcoholics Anonymous, it states that alcoholism is a disease of self-centeredness. This can also be said of addiction to any substance or any unhealthy behavior, such as gambling or sex addiction. While you were actively addicted, your need to drink or drug trumped any other need or it definitely came before the needs of those around you. You probably had no qualms about stealing money from those you love or lying to them about where you were going. The most — and probably only — important thing in your life was you and your all-consuming need for your drug of choice. Self-care in addiction recovery is key to becoming comfortable in sobriety.

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Using Phrases Like ‘Rock Bottom’ Is Easy; Living With Them Is Hard

Using Phrases Like ‘Rock Bottom’ Is Easy; Living With Them Is Hard

Posted on January 18th, 2015

One of the most widely repeated pieces of advice on dealing with addiction in a loved one is that “tough love” is the best approach. He or she has to hit “rock bottom,” you’re told, and when that happens, there will be a tremendous transformation. The son or daughter who once wanted nothing but to abuse substances will suddenly realize the error of his or her ways and commit to getting clean. This is the advice Diannee Carden Glenn was given by her son’s therapist, but in an article for The Fix, she points out that the reality of this advice is far from pleasant.

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Missing Brain Connections Put Teens at Higher Risk for Alcoholism

Missing Brain Connections Put Teens at Higher Risk for Alcoholism

Posted on January 14th, 2015

Teenagers at risk for future alcoholism tend to have reduced connections in key brain regions, new research finds.

The impaired functioning found in the four-part study from Georgetown University Medical Center and the University of Maryland School of Medicine was not entirely new information: a connection between such reduced functioning and alcohol abuse had been found in previous research. However, those studies left doubt about whether impaired function was a cause of alcohol abuse or whether alcohol abuse was a cause of impaired functioning. By using the Drug Use Screening Inventory questionnaire to predict future alcohol use disorders, this study was able to show that reduced brain development likely contributes to alcohol abuse rather than the other way around.

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Fitting In At AA or NA Meetings

Fitting In At AA or NA Meetings

Posted on January 12th, 2015

Do you feel like you don’t fit in when you go to meetings of Alcoholics Anonymous or Narcotics Anonymous? Many people who are newly sober feel uncomfortable at first and resist the idea of going to AA or NA meetings. They may express reasons why they feel they don’t belong and are quick to insist that they have nothing in common with the people who attend meetings.

If you are having similar thoughts, it might be time to consider whether the feelings you are having are legitimate or if there is a solution to make you more comfortable. The people who go to these meetings may not be as different as you think.

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Trauma: How to Move Beyond Survival Mode

Trauma: How to Move Beyond Survival Mode

Posted on January 8th, 2015

Truly traumatic events put our brains and bodies in survival mode. It is an automatic response to something traumatic and life-threatening. The problem is that many people who have experienced trauma continue to live in survival mode. They may think they have overcome the trauma, but the brain is still operating on that base level of surviving. This is especially true of someone with post-traumatic stress disorder. If you have experienced a trauma, how do you move past survival mode and learn to embrace life again?

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Internet Addiction Linked to Other Mental Health Problems

Internet Addiction Linked to Other Mental Health Problems

Posted on January 2nd, 2015

Internet addiction is an unofficially defined condition centered on dysfunctional use of the Internet while doing such things as browsing or playing games. The American Psychiatric Association is currently reviewing the evidence required to fully establish the criteria for this condition. Research indicates that substantial numbers of people potentially affected by Internet addiction also have a diagnosable form of some other mental health problem. In a study scheduled for publication in 2014 in the journal Addictive Behaviors, a team of Greek researchers used a small-scale project to explore the possible connection between Internet addiction and separately diagnosable mental illness.

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When Traumatized Teens Turn to Drugs and Alcohol

When Traumatized Teens Turn to Drugs and Alcohol

Posted on December 31st, 2014

Generally speaking, the younger we are the less vulnerable we feel to life’s unexpected tragedies. But this type of innocence can be shattered in an instant, and when adolescents are hit with a sudden loss or trauma it can shake them to the core and alter their worldview forever. Even adults will struggle mightily when they are forced to come to terms with the most unpleasant aspects of reality, but teens often lack the background experience and emotional maturity to process events that had seemed inconceivable just a short time ago.

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Getting Clean and Sober With a Reverse New Year’s Resolution

Getting Clean and Sober With a Reverse New Year’s Resolution

Posted on December 29th, 2014

If you’ve thought about making a pledge to clean up your act by using the New Year’s resolution template as your inspiration, you might want to think again. Your sobriety is too important to rely on a discredited formula for personal transformation. With all due respect to that small percentage who manage to keep them, New Year’s resolutions have an air of frivolity about them. But your battle to overcome the devastating effects of alcoholism or drug addiction is deadly serious—with a special emphasis on the “deadly.”

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Addicted to Technology? Try a Tech Detox

Addicted to Technology? Try a Tech Detox

Posted on December 28th, 2014

Technology addiction is real and it could be affecting you. Getting hooked on tech is a modern problem and it can take many different forms: smartphone addiction, internet addiction, and even being addicted to getting more information. It may not seem as serious as drug or alcohol addiction, but you might be surprised to learn that tech addictions have many things in common with chemical addiction.

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Social Networking Addiction a Real Thing

Social Networking Addiction a Real Thing

Posted on December 23rd, 2014

Social networking is the generally accepted term for the use of a number of popular websites that facilitate virtual social interactions for anyone who has access to a computer, smartphone or Internet-equipped tablet. Involvement in this form of communication is an increasingly common fact of life in the 21st century. In a study scheduled for publication in 2014 in the journal Addiction, researchers from three U.S. institutions used a project involving American college students to determine if excessive use of social networking sites might qualify for recognition as a form of non-substance-based behavioral addiction.

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Teens Who Get Addicted to Marijuana

Teens Who Get Addicted to Marijuana

Posted on December 19th, 2014

Marijuana is more controversial than ever these days. With legalization for medical use in more than 20 states and legalization for recreational use in two, the drug continues to be the subject for debate.

One of the hot topics is addiction. Some people claim that marijuana is not addictive, but most experts know better. While not as addictive as many other drugs, it can and does lead to dependence. The real issue now is that teens are getting hooked on smoking pot.

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Getting Through the Holidays Sober and Sane

Getting Through the Holidays Sober and Sane

Posted on December 17th, 2014

The weeks between Thanksgiving and the New Year can be a stressful time for those in recovery. It is usually a particularly stressful time if you are newly sober and not accustomed to getting through the holidays sober and without the crutch of a chemical to numb your feelings.

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